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  The Horn

Summary:

  • Has a full, clear and round quality
  • Mellow low register
  • Fuller middle register
  • Upper register more intense and bright
  • Rounder sound than other brass
  • Between 2 and 8 in an orchestra
  • 3 Versions: French, German, and Vienna

Good blends:
Woodwinds, strings and cello in unison

Sound Example:

More Info:

The french horn is very popular in film music, and can be heard in a wide variety of themes. It consists of a 5,5 meters long tube, that is rolled up into a circular shape, with a large bell at it’s end. The mouthpiece of the horn is different than the rest of the brass instruments, as it has a conical mouthpiece instead of a cylindrical one - resulting in a more mellow, round and warm sound. The horns play both harmony, melody as well as doing rhythmical support. The french horn is usually tuned in F, and is a transposing instrument.

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